Adjunct Faculty — Canon in Context 1: Torah

Adjunct Faculty — Canon in Context 1: Torah

3 credit hours

Compensation is $1,000 per credit hour

From August through December 2024

TEACHING WITH PILLAR SEMINARY

The Pillar Seminary teaches all classes online. We employ the flipped-classroom model (see it explained here) and offer classes designed to bring about not only content mastery, but skill transfer. We intend for class time to be hands-on learning with students. In this model, the professor is more a coach or mentor than a lecturer. As an Adjunct professor, all course content (lectures, reading, assignments) will be provided. Your job will be to guide students as they process the content during your class time. Successful applicants will receive coaching in this approach to ensure that the student experience is of the highest quality. We use Google Classroom for course materials and Zoom for class time. The applicant must be comfortable with this software or willing to be taught (Pillar account access will be provided for all software).

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Canon in Context series builds on the Biblical Narrative series. Canon in Context courses focus on developing the skills necessary for interpreting the remaining genres in both the Old and New Testaments and the student’s ability to view their context through these Scriptures. Class time in Canon in Context courses centers on practicing skills in the remaining biblical genres with the professor and fellow students. The Old Testament portion of the series follows the historical divisions of Torah, Prophets, and Writings. The New Testament portion is divided into the Gospels, and then Acts, Letters, and Revelation.

In this class, students acquire the literary competency needed for exegesis and continued study of the Torah (Pentateuch). Since the skills for reading narrative have been covered in Biblical Narrative 1-2, this class focuses on cosmology, law, and ritual. Students will create two genre handbooks, one for cosmology and one for law and ritual, to be used for future study. Students will also learn the introductory material for all books covered in the section, including authorship/composition, structure, major interpretive issues, and history of interpretation. Throughout the class students will review and refine their understanding of the narrative sections of Torah.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES 

  • Command of the relevant portions of the Old Testament (Genesis through Deuteronomy) and their respective ancient Near Eastern contexts
  • Communication skills (interpersonal, written word, email)
  • Working knowledge of Google Suite of products (Docs, Sheets, Drive, Classroom, Sites, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of Zoom software

DUTIES

  • Prepare for class time by working through the course materials
  • Guide students through the relevant biblical passages and genre particularities during class time
  • Grade assignments and assign grades at the end of the semester
  • Provide prompt and supportive interaction with students as needed
  • Occasional meetings with Academic Dean and other faculty members

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Terminal degree in field of study required (ABD candidates will also be considered)

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Active, growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Active participation in a local church
  • Wholehearted agreement with Pillar’s Statement of Faith (the Apostles’ Creed)
  • Wholehearted agreement with Pillar’s mission and values
  • Teaching experience in requisite field of study (seminary experience preferred)
  • Must work well with others on a team
  • Must be able to engage others in a courteous and professional manner
  • This is a remote position. You must be able to provide your own computer and workspace sufficient to meet the demands of the job. An institutional email account will be provided.
  • Must be able to provide your own phone for work use purposes.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

  • Works with: Academic Dean, Faculty members
  • Reports to: Academic Dean

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Lifting up to 20 pounds is an occasional but essential requirement. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee may be asked to bend and kneel. Vision (with or without accommodations) is required to correctly identify color, clarity, contrast, and depth perception.

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